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Celebrity chef Carl Ruiz died on Sept. 21 after suffering a heart attack while he slept.

The 44-year-old Food Network star succumbed to to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

Ruiz's sudden death was listed as 'natural' and no foul play was suspected, according to TMZ. 

Tragic: Celebrity chef Carl Ruiz died on Sept. 21 after suffering a heart attack while he slept

Tragic: Celebrity chef Carl Ruiz died on Sept. 21 after suffering a heart attack while he slept

The TV personality was best known for his roles on shows with pal and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri.

He was a regular on competition programs after first appearing on Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives.

After forming a friendship with the energetic blonde foodie, Carl went on to star on Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's Ranch Kitchen.

On Sept. 28, Guy showed his appreciation for the Cuban-American chef with a heartfelt post. 

'Today I say goodbye to one of the greatest friends and chefs I ever knew,' he wrote on Twitter. 'He lived life to the fullest, and loved it all. We will miss you Carl'

'Today I say goodbye to one of the greatest friends and chefs I ever knew,' he wrote on Twitter. 'He lived life to the fullest, and loved it all. We will miss you Carl'

Sad loss: The TV personality was best known for his roles on shows with pal and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri

Sad loss: The TV personality was best known for his roles on shows with pal and celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri

'Today I say goodbye to one of the greatest friends and chefs I ever knew,' he wrote on Twitter. 'He lived life to the fullest, and loved it all. We will miss you Carl.' 

A cause of death was not immediately known when he passed away, but friends and family suspected it to be from a heart attack. 

'I'm absolutely gutted,' Matt Farah wrote in a post on Instagram at the time, also confirming Ruiz's passing.  

The Cuban-American previously owned Marie’s Italian Specialities in Chatham Township, New Jersey, with his ex-wife, Marie Riccio, and was well-known for his knowledge of Spanish food. 

His best friend: His longtime friend Guy Fieiri posted a heartbreaking post on social media mourning the passing of his co-star; seen in May

His best friend: His longtime friend Guy Fieiri posted a heartbreaking post on social media mourning the passing of his co-star; seen in May

Twins: On Sept. 28, Guy showed his appreciation for the Cuban-American chef with a heartfelt post

Twins: On Sept. 28, Guy showed his appreciation for the Cuban-American chef with a heartfelt post 

Sad: After forming a friendship with the energetic blonde foodie, Carl went on to star on Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's Ranch Kitchen

Sad: After forming a friendship with the energetic blonde foodie, Carl went on to star on Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's Ranch Kitchen

'I'm heartbroken that my friend chef Carl Ruiz is gone,' Fiere wrote in a tribute upon hearing the news of his death. 'I have no words to describe what a great friend he was to me and my family. His ability to make me laugh and smile under any circumstances was only outshined by his talent as a chef.' 

He had opened La Cubana in Manhattan's Meat Packing district in June, specializing in authentic cuisine from the island nation of his roots. 

Ruiz was described on his restaurant's website as 'an acclaimed chef, consultant, and magnetic media personality whose down-home persona never fails to entertain, educate, and uplift.'

He was in the food and restaurant business for more than 25 years and had opened eateries around the world, in addition to having a successful television and radio career.

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He had 'headlined world-famous culinary events — and with his well-earned insights, (became) the 'secret weapon' to success for many other star chefs

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